BioProcessing Purification Lead Scientist

Location: Cambridge, UK

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About Us

We are Abzena. We are a responsible and dedicated Partner Research Organisation (PRO) that takes care of products from concept to patient.

With extensive experience in developing biologics and bioconjugates, we offer a seamless service delivered by fully integrated teams, from early discovery to commercial manufacturing.

Forward-thinking and committed, we find the best solution and use the right technologies to design, develop and manufacture your products to ensure we get vital medicines to patients quickly and safely.

We are dedicated to quality excellence. We are driven to get better treatments to market, efficiently and responsibly by reducing timelines and delivering the highest quality products and services.

About the role 

We have a vacancy for an experienced purification lead scientist to join our busy Cell Line Development team in Cambridge (UK). In this lab-based role you will be leading client-facing projects with the opportunity to develop managerial skills and learn new techniques from experienced colleagues in a fast-paced but supportive environment. 

You will have a PhD or MSc (or a lower level of qualification and relevant experience) in protein sciences or similar area, with experience in an industrial or commercial environment.  You will be expected to have an in-depth understanding of, and practical research experience with biologics. In particular, the candidate should be able to demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of protein purification strategies and concepts such as column packing and column chromatography. In addition, expertise in operating AKTA systems and writing AKTA methods as well as quantitative and qualitative analytical methods and interpretation of analytical data.  Knowledge of, and experience with upstream processes is advantageous. 

You will be able to work both independently and as part of a team, have good planning and organising skills and be confident in the use of IT. In addition, you will have a high level of attention to detail and be able to identify, analyse and resolve routine and complex problems. You will be proactive, adaptable and independent, with a high level of autonomy and initiative. 

There is the opportunity to develop line management and coaching skills as the selected candidate will be expected to show leadership through application of their scientific knowledge. 

Qualifications/Skills Required: 

  • PhD/MSc in a life science subject or equivalent experience 
  • At least 6 years relevant experience in protein purification, with expert understanding of chromatography techniques e.g. affinity/IEX/HIC for routine mAb purification and method development for novel biological therapeutics 
  • A track record that demonstrates the ability to plan and manage experiments and resources 
  • Experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams and delivering cross-group projects 
  • Skills in the preparation and review of reports and presentations, taking responsibility for the quality of both internal and external presentations 
  • Willingness to learn and contribute to the development of Abzena’s technologies and capabilities 
  • A proactive and independent attitude with an ability to use their initiative and sound scientific knowledge to identify, analyse and resolve project issues as they arise 
  • Excellent interpersonal, networking and communications skills, some line management, coaching or mentoring experience would be an advantage 
  • Good ICT skills including familiarity with specialist software as necessary 
  • Strong work ethic and good attention to detail 
  • Eligibility to work in the UK 

Our Benefits:

Our Total Rewards program is designed to meet the needs of our employees and their families. Competitive salaries and benefits will vary by country and are based on local standards.

Benefits Include: 

  • Health Benefits – supporting you with robust and comprehensive programs
  • Life and Disability Plans – protecting you with life insurance
  • Retirement Schemes – contributing to Workplace Pensions
  • Paid Time Off – offering up to 25 days
  • Education Assistance – developing your skills and knowledge to pioneer new thinking
  • Employee Referral Program – rewarding you for referring brilliant people

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